Oriental Hornet (Vespa orientalis) in South East Turkey and its dangerous flight (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)
On 2 September,2010, in Sirvan district (Siirt Prov.), the author found a nest of Vespa orientalis in the earth and recorded their warning flights around herself and finally, attacking to the camera.
Hornets are social wasps. Their nests are found in the sheltered places. A colony can reach of several hundred workers in late summer. Singly flying insects may not be harmful. But a group of Hornet near their nest may be extremely dangerous.
Hornet sting is painful to humans. Allergic reactions can occur but be fatal in some cases.
Oriental Hornet is widely distributed in Turkey.
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Contact InformationCentre for entomological Studies Ankara (Cesa)